MPRB Seeks Community Advisory Committee Members for East of the River Park Master Plan

Dear Northeast Park Neighborhood Residents:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is beginning a process to plan all the neighborhood parks in the Northeast and Southeast Service Area, which includes all of the neighborhood parks east of the Mississippi River.

On June 28th, the MPRB Commissioners approved the composition of a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is a group of community members that will guide the project and make recommendations to the Board. The MPRB is asking for appointments from seven geographic groupings of neighborhood organizations.

The following groupings were arranged by Commissioner Wielinski and the neighborhood groups, and approved by the Board of Commissioners:

• Waite-and Colombia Park
• Audubon and Windom
• Marshall Terrace, Bottineau and Sheridan
• NE Park, Beltrami, Logan, and Holland
• St Anthony East, St Anthony West
• Nicollet Island East Bank, Marcy Holmes and the
University
• SE Como and Mid City Industrial, Prospect Park

Each geographic grouping will have a primary and alternate representative(s) that equal the number of neighborhoods in the grouping. Each grouping will prioritize the order of the alternate representative(s). An alternate can act as the neighborhood representative appointee at CAC meetings when the primary representative is not available.

The process works like this:

The MPRB staff team is promoting the project through various channels and will be receiving applications from the general public. The deadline to submit applications is August 25, 2017.

For more information on the project, please visit the project webpage at
https://www.minneapolisparks.org/eastoftheriver

A link to the CAC application is below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/eastoftherivercac

The neighborhood groups will review the applications submitted to the MPRB. They will have until September 29, 2017, to select their preferred candidates.

CAC meetings will take place in the northeast/southeast service area in the evenings starting in fall 2017. Though final meeting dates have not yet been scheduled, the total time commitment for a CAC member is likely to include:

• Between seven and nine two-hour meetings beginning in September 2017 through late 2018;
• Some general assistance with and/or attendance at community events throughout the planning process; and
• Work group meetings as needed.

CAC members will be primarily asked to provide guidance on the East of the River Park Master Plan as a whole. It is important that CAC members are big picture thinkers able to see beyond the boundaries of a single park or neighborhood. Small stipends are available to CAC members for childcare and transportation.

About the East of the River Park Master Plan:
The first service areas master planned were South (2016) and Downtown (2017). The North Service Area is currently underway. The Northeast Southeast Service Area Master Plan, also called the East of the River Minneapolis Neighborhood Park Plan, includes all Minneapolis neighborhood parks east of the Mississippi River. It features:

• 26 neighborhood parks
• 5 regional park and trail areas
• 7 community and neighborhood recreation centers
• the possibility of creating new parks, lands, and land
connections

The Service Area Master Plan will take a comprehensive look at each park asset within the Northeast Southeast Service Area; set a vision for operations, management, programming, and capital improvement; and create a master plan for each non-regional park within the service area.

apolisparks.org/eastoftheriver

The Neighborhood Community Survey is here!

Hey there Northeast Park! By now, we hope that every household in the neighborhood has received our NE Park Community Survey in the mail. We tried to make it hard to miss in a bright yellow envelope!

We only sent one survey to each household, but we also made an online version of the survey so that ANYONE who lives or works in Northeast Park can have a chance to take it. The link to the survey is RIGHT HERE for your convenience: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NEPNAsurvey

It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete the survey, and there’s even a little incentive: fill out your information at the end and be entered for a drawing to win fabulous prizes at our neighborhood meeting in June! We’re hoping to learn more about our neighbors and our neighborhood this year – and the more responses we get from all of you, the better we’ll be able to tailor our neighborhood efforts and activities.

The survey is open until the end of May 2017. PLEASE TAKE 5 MINUTES AND FILL IT OUT!

(Only residents, property owners and businesses – and their employees – located IN Northeast Park may take the survey, please. There will be no fabulous prizes for surveys not attached to a NE Park address. We’ve attached a map of the neighborhood here if you’re not sure. Thanks!)

18th Avenue Reconstruction

The 18th Avenue Committee has reached out to the City of Minneapolis about the construction timeline and the possibility for a neighborhood Q&A meeting. As of late March, the City still has not hired a contractor for the construction. The City’s project managers for the 18th reconstruction project are delaying a neighborhood meeting until a contractor is hired so that they can provide the most accurate information possible – but they have stated they do intend to hold a meeting.

When NEPNA finds out the date and time of that meeting, we will get that information out as quickly as we can. In the meantime, those who are interested are strongly encouraged to visit the project website page hosted by the City of Minneapolis and sign up (on that page) for email updates as the project moves forward.

NEPNA Board set to vote on Final 2017-2019 CPP report on April 12

The NEPNA Board has scheduled to vote on final approval of a 2017-2019 report on engagement strategy and draft funding plans that the City requires for compliance with the City’s Community Participation Plan program. As the document was previously posted for community review and for open comment, the Board is now posting the final document for the neighborhood to review before the approval vote next week.

The most significant changes made were to add detail about specific means of engaging neighbors and to include outreach to underrepresented groups in our outreach goals in alignment with the new strategic plan being developed for NEPNA’s “robust community engagement” push this year.

Click the link to view the Final CPP report here:

NEPNA 2017-2019 NCEC FINAL

NEPNA Board meeting scheduled for April 12 at Yinghua Academy

I-94 Shutdown Info Session on March 23 at Firefighters Hall

Celebrate new Northeast Athletic Field Park Recreation Center at March 21 groundbreaking!

New recreation center will feature full-court gym, track, classrooms, exercise/activity space & community kitchen


Please join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Northeast Athletic Field Park supporters at 5 pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 for a special groundbreaking ceremony commemorating the beginning of construction on a new recreation center next to Jim Lupient Water Park.


The Northeast Athletic Field Park Recreation Center will feature a full-court gym, walking track, classrooms, activity space and a community learning kitchen. The recreation center will be built using sustainable building practices and the MPRB will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification upon its completion.


A generous $100,000 donation from Barbara Lupient through the Minneapolis Parks Foundation was critical in bringing this long-awaited project to fruition. Northeast Athletic Field Park has benefitted from longtime support from the Lupient family, which was also instrumental in funding the construction of Jim Lupient Water Park and youth scholarships for programs at the water park.


Plans for the new recreation center were first outlined in the Northeast Athletic Field Park Master Plan, a 25+ year vision for the park approved by the Board of Commissioners in 2014. Construction on the recreation center will begin shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony and the building is expected to open by early 2018.


“The new recreation center will be an incredibly valuable community asset where people of all ages and abilities can come together,” said MPRB Commissioner Liz Wielinski, whose district includes the Northeast Park neighborhood. “I’d like to thank community members who contributed their time and ideas to the Northeast Park Master Plan and Barbara Lupient and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation for donating the funds necessary to get this project to the finish line.”

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Date: March 21, 2017

Time: 5 pm

Location: Northeast Athletic Field Park

Address: 1615 Pierce St. NE (Festivities will take place in the northeast corner of the park, next to Jim Lupient Water Park)

Event Details: There will be a brief program featuring local officials, a ceremonial gold shovel dig, light refreshments and time for the neighborhood to connect.

Community Connections Conference on April 1

We invite you to participate in the 6th Annual Community Connections Conference on Saturday, April 1!
 
The conference is designed to showcase and build successful community collaborations between neighborhoods, cultural communities, residents, and the City. A major theme of the conference is building diversity and capacity of our neighborhood organizations and communities by providing new and innovative ideas through collaboration and participation.

NEPNA Community Participation Plan available for comment

Deadline for comment: March 1st, 2017

At the February NEPNA Board meeting, the Board approved a motion to extend the approval deadline for the neighborhood’s Community Participation Plan (CPP) until April of 2017, in order to allow for neighborhood comment. The CPP document is an outline of how the neighborhood intends to undertake community engagement efforts, increase organizational capacity, reach out to underrepresented groups, and a budget projection for the coming years. The CPP is a required document for any Minneapolis neighborhood seeking funding through the 2017-2019 cycle.

We are requesting comment on the CPP report from the Northeast Park community. You can access the draft version of the CPP report and the budget here:

NEPNA 2017-2019 CPP Report for Review (PDF)

NEPNA 2017-2019 CPP Report for Review (Word)

NEPNA 2017-2019 CPP Budget

You are welcome to review this document and submit comments to info@northeastpark.org by March 1st, 2017 to be incorporated into a revised draft. You may attend the March NEPNA meeting and make comments at that time (March 8th at 6:30 at Yinghua Academy).

MnDOT I-94 project from Nicollet Ave to Shingle Creek Parkway Starting Spring of 2017

Summary of Work:
  • Resurfacing about nine miles of pavement on I-94 between Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis and Shingle Creek Prkwy in Brooklyn Center
  • Repairing 50 bridges on or over I-94
  • Reconstructing westbound I-94 bridge deck over Hwy 252 in Brooklyn Center
  • Repairing tile in (I-94) Lowry and Portland Avenue tunnels
  • Replacing guardrail
  • Improving drainage and concrete barrier in areas
I-94 Improvement Project Spring 2017